Elk Trail, Elk State Forest, PA
Pennsylvania has one of the largest wild elk herds in the eastern United States and this two-day 16-mile ramble through the 200,000-acre Elk State Forest takes you into prime elk habitat. Once native to the region, Pennsylvania’s elk were wiped out in the 19th century, but have begun to thrive again since being reintroduced in the ’70s. The well-maintained rolling trail mostly follows old logging and wagon roads, unused railroad grades, and two-tracks laid by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Cold-water springs along the way provide opportunities to refill your water bottle, and if you go in October during the rut, you’ll be treated to elk bugling day and night.
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